Monday, May 27, 2019

Turmeric tea recipe for weight loss, detox and immunity

Turmeric is one of my favorite spices in the kitchen. It is incredibly versatile in the kitchen. It has a rich history as a medicinal food all over the globe, especially Indian sub-continent. Most commonly, turmeric is available in the powered form. However, rarely, it is also sold in whole root form in some farmers markets.

Turmeric root (to the left) & turmeric powder (to the right)

All of the benefits from turmeric tea come from the active compound called "circumin". Studies have shown that circumin has several benefits like:
  • Boosting Immune System
  • Weight Loss
  • Digestive discomfort
  • Managing Diabetes
  • Preventing Cancer
  • Preventing gall stones and liver damage. 
Here, I will discuss a recipe that specifically aids in weight loss and detoxification. This tea should be taken first thing in the morning, empty stomach.

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • pinch of black pepper
  • half slice lemon
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • Boil four cups of water.
  • When the water starts to boil, add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  • Now, reduce the flame to simmer for 8 to 10 minutes (It is very important to simmer the turmeric powder to extract circumin from it) .
  • Strain the tea through a strainer into the cup.
  • Add a pinch of black pepper. Black pepper has been proven to increase the absorption of circumin in the body.
  • Squeeze few drops of lemon. When taken empty stomach, lemon neutralists the pH of body and promotes detoxification.
  • You may add honey to taste.
For any queries/ additional information on this recipe, please comment below.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Soapnut Natural Detergent

What are Soapnuts ?

Soapnuts are an all-natural, plant-based product (just a nut from a tree!), easy to grow, 100% organic and require very little processing or packaging.

8-10 Natural soapnuts that can be used as a detergent substitute

How do soapnuts work?

The soapnuts when agitated in water, release 'saponin', which is a natural cleaner that works as a surfactant. It breaks the surface tension of water to penetrate the fibers of clothes, thus, lifting stains from the fabric. The dirt remains suspended in the water that is rinsed away. They are completely safe, gentle for use on sensitive skin, including baby clothes, and are also antimicrobial. Soapnuts generally do not foam like the regular cleaning products. Soapnuts can also be used to clean dishes (in dishwasher), as a shampoo to wash your hair, or for surface cleaning. They are 100 percent natural, completely biodegradable and do not contain any synthetic pesticides (insects are naturally repulsed by saponin).

The Benefits of Soapnuts

Soapnuts have been used around the world for centuries. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-allergic & anti-microbial properties. Conventional laundry soaps often contain toxic chemicals some of which (such as 1,2-Dioxane) have been shown to be carcinogenic and volatile. Soapnuts leave your clothes clean while protecting your skin and environment. The grey water after mopping the floor can be used for watering plants & lawn to provide nutrition & control pests.

Usage of Sopanuts

Soapnut can be used as is or to make a liquid to use as a multi-purpose cleansing agent.

Method 1: Whole Soapnut

Tie 8 to 10 Soapnuts in a muslin bag. Place the bag in the washing machine. This bag can be used 4-5 times until all soapnuts become mushy.

soapnuts being added in muslin sack to be used as detergent substitute

Method 2: Boiled Soapnut

Boil 8-10 soapnuts in 1 liter water for 20-30 minutes. Let it cool down. Now, crush the soapnuts and remove the hard seeds. Again, boil the pulp for 10 minutes. Strain and store the liquid. You can use this liquid for laundry and other cleaning purposes like floor cleaning, dishwasher liquid, stain remover on fabric/tiles silver & brass articles, etc.

Boiled, liquid Soapnut detergent stored in bottles